Washington, Oct 4: The Trump administration's bid to put an end to the protections allowing the immigrants from four countries to live and work legally in the US was blocked by a judge, saying that the action could lead to "irreparable harm and great hardship."
Acting on the issue, US District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco permitted a request on Wednesday, for an opening command against the administration's resolve to end the temporary protected status for the people hailing from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador, a report in the ABC News stated.
The judge said that there was evidence that "President Trump harbours an animus against non-white, non-European aliens which influenced his decision to end the TPS designation."
Referring to a speech delivered by Trump in his 2015 campaign, in which he characterised Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists, the ruling also mentioned his call to stop the Muslims from entering the United States, as also his unrefined reference to the African countries at a meeting concerning immigration at the White House in January.
The countries reeling under the influence of natural disasters or war are extended the temporary protected status and allow the citizens belonging to those countries to stay in the US until the situation in their home country becomes favourable. As of now, about 300,000 people have received these protections.
As per the ruling, the government was unsuccessful in showing the harm of letting the 20-year-old program to continue and that the plaintiffs had established the fact that displacing these immigrants could be harmful for the local as well as national economy.
The ruling said, "Beneficiaries who have lived, worked, and raised families in the United States (many for more than a decade), will be subject to removal," adding that many had children who were born in the US and could face the choice of "bringing their children with them (and tearing them away from the only country and community they have known) or splitting their families apart."
The lawsuit filed by the immigrants alleges racism for being the prime cause of the administration's decision. Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley said the ruling "usurps the role of the executive branch."
"The Justice Department completely rejects the notion that the White House or the Department of Homeland Security did anything improper. We will continue to fight for the integrity of our immigration laws and our national security," O'Malley's statement said.
"I was so happy when I found out about the judge's decision," said Crista Ramos, 14, whose Salvadoran mother was in the program. "Ever since the TPS terminations were announced, I have been wondering how I can live a normal life if I am about to lose my mom."
According to plaintiffs in the lawsuit, more than 200,000 immigrants could face a risk of deportation if the change is effected, with these individuals having more than 200,000 American children who risk losing their communities and schools, as reported by the ABC News. (UNI)